5 Steps to create a balance between your health and your work

5 Steps to create a balance between your health and your work

Working the usual 9 to 5 job has its fair share of challenges.

With ample deadlines in place for work and in your personal life the juggle can become extremely tricky, and in busy times health can be taken for granted. You may not see the connection now, but too much work can and will affect your health. Do you ever notice some of these symptoms?

  • When you’re stressed from work, you may turn to alcohol to relax. Alcohol is harmful to your health, particularly when consumed in excess.
  • You don’t get enough sleep because your mind is filled with thoughts about work, like remembering if you’ve sorted schedules properly or there’s a document you may have forgotten to send.
  • You’ve been feeling blue more often because you take home frustrations you have from work.
  • If you’re working overtime, your heart is working overtime, too. Whenever you’re stressed, your body releases the hormone cortisol, which can be hard on your heart and can lead to stroke and diabetes.
  • Your neck and back hurt because you’re sitting at your office desk for too long due to the documents and schedules you have to manage.
  • Your stress from work is passed on to your family and friends. This kind of behavior can eventually take a toll on your relationships.

No matter how perfect or how busy your job is, you shouldn’t forget about taking care of yourself.

For you stay healthy, you need to create a balance between your health and your work. Gradually implement all of these tips in the long run to have a healthier balance between your job and home life. 

Set manageable goals

If you’re working for eight hours a day, try to make sure tasks you have to do can be finished in that period. Even if you have tasks for a week, try to fit only the appropriate kind of work for a given timeframe. Not doing so may lead to frustration, which can affect performance. Focus on doing one short-term goal at a time.

Stay focused

Focus is key when it comes to work.

If you have a 9 to 5 schedule, it’s best to keep your work confined to that time as well. This allows you to finish all of the tasks you’ve set for that day and have the rest of the day for yourself.

Take your breaks

Taking regular breaks will ensure that you don’t get tired.

Remember, the more tired you are, the less able you are to perform. Taking your break can give you the breather you need to get your focus back.

Set boundaries

If you have duties outside your work such as being a parent, a partner or a volunteer, it’s important to ensure you set the boundaries at work so that time doesn’t take over these important roles. a

It’s not healthy to keep bringing work into your life or vice versa. You may find it helpful to make it a habit of making sure “work is work.” Likewise, if you’re not at work, you should be leaving it behind where it should be: the office. This allows you to enjoy life more, and enjoy work more.

Set your limits

If you love what you do, or if you’re dedicated to work, sometimes you can’t help but give your all to tasks you have. Don’t overexert yourself when you don’t need to. This doesn’t mean you’re slacking off… it means you’re making sure that you apply only the kind of effort you need for a particular task. This allows you to have just enough energy and focus to make sure other tasks for the day are done as well.

The risk of burning yourself out is real. Try to recognise your limitations as a staffer in terms of your performance and work towards slowly improving yourself. But do this in a way that doesn’t compromise your health and efficiency.

You’re a hardworking individual, and you want that trait to translate to your work. If you’ve been following this kind of principle, your company should consider themselves lucky to have you on their team. But you should also remember that you have a life outside your 9 to 5 job. Aside from pleasing all of your bosses, you should also consider pleasing your family, friends and most importantly yourself. It’s a win-win situation for you – you get enough time for work and your family and your health is good.

About the Author: Jessica Wilson

Jessica is a professional health expert who works for some major health industry giants. She currently writes for Membersown and is dedicated to helping people learn more about health related topics along the journey. When she’s not a health advocate, she enjoys some down time traveling or talking with family.


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